Monday, November 12, 2007

It Starts with Getting Enough Sleep!

One of the most important things we can do for our health is to get enough sleep. This directly relates to emotional intelligence, because often it is worries and thoughts or leftover emotions that keep us tossing and turning at night - even if we get to bed at a reasonable time.

This article has some typos, but it's still good advice:

You Don't Have Time To Sleep? Think Again!
by Enrique

You wake up early in the morning, rushing to get the day started. When you arrive at school or work, you immediately plow into a busy schedule of activities that take you right through your day. [Same and even moreso if you're at at-home parent!] When you're finished, you look forward to engaging in the activities that you enjoy the most, and squeeze as many of those into your days he possibly can. A little time for dinner, a little relaxation, and off to bed you go so that you can do it all again tomorrow.

Sound familiar? It's the life so many of us lead. Sleep. Eat. Work. And maybe find some time to play in the middle. Keeping a balance of these activities helps us make sure that were doing okay and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

What happens when we get out of balance? For many of us, the first thing to go when schedules get busy is sleep. Although it is so critically important, we tend to sacrifice sleep in place of doing things we enjoy or finishing things we must get done. The truth, however, is that most of us can't afford to lose much sleep. Many people don't get enough sleep as it is, and getting less sleep can have many negative facts on the other parts of our lives. The lack of sleep can have adverse effects on the physical, mental, and emotional parts of your life. The more obvious effects of sleep deprivation are the physical and mental problems that occur. Most people who are lacking sleep experience diminished alertness, reaction time, and memory.

What's not so obvious, though, are some of the long-term health problems that have been associated with sleep deprivation.Depression, heart problems and even obesity have been linked to the lack of sleep. The body does a lot of self – maintenance while sleeping. [Another thing that occurs during sleep is healing of any physical injuries, like strains and sprains.]

By releasing hormones like cortisol, it can combat circulatory diseases. The body also produces blood pressure and heart rate and the circulatory system is able to rest and recover in order to prepare for the next day. Lack of sleep can also affect the body's ability to produce white blood cells which are so important to fighting infections. Without sleep, the body also stops reacting properly to hunger. Leptin is a hormone that is created while sleeping and allows the body to properly sense when it has enough food. Without proper levels of leptin, people feel hungry and will eat more food than they need. This can lead to many other problems including obesity.

So how much that you really need? The number varies significantly for each and every person, but the national sleep foundation has come up with a basic set of guidelines to fit individuals in various stages of life. Most adults will find themselves needing between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Teenagers, typically need 8 ½ to 9 ¼ hours of sleep per night, while school children will need 10 to 11 hours of sleep every night.

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About The Author: Enrique Padilla is an avid sleeper andcontributes a wide variety of articles to Foam Bed Advisor,, which is full of informationabout memory foam beds, mattresses, pillows and mattresstoppers.

The bottom line on emotional intelligence is always WELLNESS. Keeping the balance in your life, and attending to your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health. I begin coaching sessions with the EQ Checkin (tm): "How are you feeling emotionally, mentally, physically and mentally." I've found that people who are sleep-deprived start with "physical."

As the holidays approach, take care of your self - mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I will be available for consultation all through the holidays, and one-time sessions are fine.

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